Information on Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea

Common Name: Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea
Scientific Name: Lathyrus latifolius
Irish Name: Peasairín leathanduilleach
Family Group: Fabaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


On winged stems which can reach over 2 metres, this perennial bears its strikingly beautiful long-stalked magenta pea-flowers (20-30 mm) in loose spikes which gradually open up, starting with the lower blooms.  Occasionally, one can come across a plant carrying pale pink or creamy white flowers.  The plant weaves and climbs by means of clinging tendrils – which are modified leaves - at the end of its stems, and its large, elliptical, veined, blue-green leaves come as one pair. This plant blooms from July to September, with long brown seedpods following.  It is usually found in hedgerows, on waste ground and railway banks. It is not a native plant but a garden escape and it belongs to the Fabaceae family.  

I found and photographed this plant in 2009 on the North Bull Island in Co Dublin.  

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Everlasting-pea, Broad-leaved
Everlasting-pea, Broad-leaved

Thought to have originated in France, this is a plant which I think many wouldn't mind having in their garden.  This is a member of the Pea family, many of which have the ability to fix nitrogen into the soil on which they grow.